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2010’s Top Tech Tips from Data Doctors

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NOTE: This week’s advice column is a compilation of some of our favorite tips from 2010

This question was answered on December 31, 2010. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

2010 was the year that ‘cloud computing’ came into the mainstream (‘Pros & Cons of Cloud Computing’:, but we also jokingly refer to cloud computing as using the Internet on an airplane flight For that version of computing in the clouds came our column on “Is in-flight WiFi safe?”: Fake security programs that trick users into buying useless software ranked amongst the top scams of 2010 and prompted “Why Antivirus won’t stop fake security infections”: Spring cleaning prompts some users to attempt to unclutter their computers, but be sure to avoid these “Common computer ‘cleanup’ mistakes”: 2010 was undoubtedly the year of Facebook as it became the 3rd largest country in the world (after China and India) which prompted “Blocking Farmville & other Facebook annoyances” : and advice on what to do when a friend or family member passes “Facebook for the Deceased”: The smartphone came of age in 2010, full of features that suck…battery life, that is Here’s our “Tips for extending smartphone battery life” submission: and video: The impact of social media in general was huge in 2010 and introduced a new concern for all of us as individuals and businesses: our online reputation Here are our “Online Reputation Management Tips”: The #1 complaint in computing is that the computer has become slow and the #1 cause of slowness is excessive processes running in the background One great way to keep unnecessary background processes from sneaking into your computer is to “Pay attention to install programs!”: and we also wrote about “Exposing the ‘speed up your computer’ ads”: Laptops have continued to outsell desktop computers, but they are subjected to more hazards because they are mobile Here are our “Top 5 laptop repairs & how to avoid them!”: Cellular-based data plans have become a critical component for mobile computer users and picking the right plan for your usage requires that you understand “What can you do with a 2GB data plan”: and “Mobile Tethering vs Mobile Hostpots”: Twitter became the leading resource for fast breaking news in 2010, but it’s still largely misunderstood The fact is, you don’t have to ‘tweet’ anything in order to make use of Twitter A great way to understand how valuable all of those tweets can be is to read my column on “More reasons to use Twitter for Search”: In 2010, Windows 7 become the fastest-selling operating system in history, because it was everything that Vista was supposed to be, which prompted the question “Is it time to stop using Windows XP?”: The web browser became one of the most targeted pieces of software in 2010 and it’s likely to continue in 2011, so reading “Why multiple browsers is a Good Idea!”: will help you to deal with all of the issues that confront today’s web browsing One of the major threats of web browsing in 2010 came from rogue websites that were coded to silently sneak malicious software into your computer while you were visiting them Here are our tips for “Avoiding Drive-By Downloads”: And finally, we addressed the recurring question of “Why you get spam from yourself”: in hopes of calming the fears that “My e-mail’s been hijacked (or has it?)”: If you found these columns interesting, you can scan through over 10 years of our advice columns here: - Happy New Year!

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